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Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:00:00 EST
Often, it starts with a tragedy, illness, or fueling
an ambition. Then it goes viral, raising thousands
of dollars for someone in need or for a particular
cause. This is the new world of direct giving. But
as we see more personal crowdfunding, questions are
raised about why we give, how the funds are
distributed and what we expect of the role of
community and the state in supporting one another.
The Agenda takes a look the state of charitable
giving in the age of disruptive technology.
Andrew Andrade is Canada’s best intern
Mar 31, 2015 | Mississauga News | By Joseph Chin
Andrew Andrade takes a breather during a
training session with the National University of
Singapore fencing team.
– A graduate of Port Credit Secondary
School is the best intern in Canada. Andrew
Andrade was recently named national co-op student of
the year for 2014 by the Canadian Association for
Currently a student at University of Waterloo’s
school of engineering, he was recognized for
co-founding PetroPredict, a startup that uses data
analytics to find potential oil and gas leaks that
may go undetected for years, during his enterprise
co-op work term last year.
The fledgling company has won a pair of top awards
at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery
Conference, including the inaugural David McFadden
Energy Entrepreneur Challenge and the Elevator Pitch
competition. Andrade has plowed the money won
from startup funding competitions, hackathons and
coding competitions, about $95,000 in total, to hire
co-op students and fund operating costs of
Now 22, and about to complete his third/fourth year
studies in mechatronics engineering at Waterloo,
Andrade is a big booster of co-operative education,
which he first got interested in at Port Credit SS
after learning about the school’s high skills major
program where co-op is a requirement.
Andrade opted to do his internship during the summer
in order to focus on academics during the school
“I had an amazing placement at Cantech Machine &
Tool Co. in Mississauga where I learned the basics
of manufacturing on the job,” he recalled. “The
co-op position enabled me to follow up working for
the company for the next two summers, which gave me
the experience to land a summer job at Chrysler,
co-op for Suncor (PetroCanada), internship at
Facebook and two other startups, research
collaborating with MIT along with consulting work.”
Andrade graduated from PCSS’s SciTech and specialist
high skill major program in 2011 with the
highest-mark award, an alumni scholarship, the Terry
Garbut Memorial Award and the vice-principal award.
He chose to further his studies at Waterloo, which,
in addition to being one of the top engineering
schools in Canada, requires all students in
engineering to participate in the co-operative
work/study program. Co-op education combines formal
classroom teaching with “on-the-job” experience, and
satisfactory performance in both areas is required
Andrade has not forgotten his Port Credit alma
mater; as well as doing motivational talks on the
value of high-school co-op to students in person, he
video-called the school from Facebook’s head office
in California to chat about his internship there.
Andrade is currently studying at the National
University of Singapore, the top-ranked engineering
school in Asia, on a one-semester exchange program.
“It enables me to learn things which I would not be
able to back home in Canada,” he said of the
experience. “For example, I’m able to take a product
development and manufacturing course where the
circuit board and product we design is sent for
manufacturing in China, take an engineering economic
class where we apply the concepts in class to real
businesses in the APAC (Asian and Pacific) region,
and a data analysis course where we dive and explore
the real-life socioeconomic numbers driving
“The global experience gained from the exchange and
travelling the Southeast Asian region allowed me to
view engineering in ways which I never could with
just North American experience,” he added.
How does Andrade juggle his myriad projects?
“Getting (PetroPredict) started and running while
still in school was very tough since I also do
consulting work on the side and it involved many
all-nighters, but overall it enabled me to learn
more than just taking courses,” he said.
His stint at Facebook at its Silicon Valley
headquarters, where he worked as a manufacturing
intern, was particularly memorable.
“The experience was amazing,” he said. “I had the
opportunity to travel to data centres and
manufacturing sites around the world and meet some
of the world’s smartest people. It was really
motivating to see how smart and driven everyone can
be and I hope to one day reach that level of
In the future, once he graduates, Andrade hopes to
find or create a role where he is able to use data
to help make better decisions. He’s particularly
interested in artificial intelligence research.
“I envision a world where information technology
allows humans and computers to make better decisions
and control complex situations without relying on
pre-programmed solutions,” he said. “I want to be
part of the revolution (that’s) working on some of
the world biggest issues such as energy, government,
communication, healthcare, education and business
services for the developing markets.”
Andrade isn’t letting all the awards go to his head;
instead, he sees them primarily as a great source of
“Seeing the amazing things done by (other
scientists) inspires me to change the world. In the
same way, I hope the awards enable younger students
to realize that they have resources and support to
change the world as well.”
Canada -Men's Senior Development Squad
The Canadian Men's Senior Development Squad (SDS)
trains in Vancouver, British Columbia. Athletes
train to become a part of the Men's National Team (MNT),
yet are evaluated on an ongoing basis and available
for international competition if chosen
Some names to watch:
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Easter recipes from all across India
Susan Jose, Hindustan
Times, Mumbai| |
On Easter, food becomes the highlight of the
celebrations after 40 days of fasting. While usually
the day is associated with colourful Easter eggs,
there are several communities that prepare a special
spread with different preparations altogether. Here,
we reached out to members of five different
communities - east Indians, Goans, Malayalis,
north-east Indians and Puducherry Christians - and
got each of them share a recipe that is unique to
From home-made wines to rice cakes, the Kerala
Christian community prepares a wide array of
culinary delights on Easter.
Celine Figarado, a homemaker, says, "I prefer
soaking the grapes just 10 days before Easter with
the right amount of sugar. Some people start the
process a few months ahead. Some even add wheat to
The other popular Easter delicacy in Kerala is Appam
With Stew, and making it can really test your
"Make sure you extract coconut milk twice. The first
extraction is thicker, so set it aside and use the
second one that is watery in consistency to boil the
vegetables," she says.
* Puducherry Christians
While many visit Puducherry to see the architecture,
if you are in the city for Easter, take time out to
try the authentic cuisine prepared by Puducherry
"Those days I remember as kids we would run to shops
to buy Easter eggs, which were hard like stones,
because they were made of just sugar. I also
remember feasting on Turkey Kurma at my Uncle's
place," says 72-year-old Elisabeth Faciolle.
* North-east Indians
Over the years their food traditions have remained
"We really like our chilli-based food items," says
Chequevera Sangma, a Meghalaya native.
Moakala Longchar, a Naga food-blogger, says, "In my
hometown we prepare Anishi and Pork With Bamboo
Shoot for Easter. For dessert, we eat fresh fruits."
* East Indians
This community predominantly comprises Roman
Catholics, and has a very distinct cuisine. "For
Lent, we abstain from meat. On Easter, we feast on
east-Indian delicacies such as Fugias and Duck Moile,"
says Jude D'Mello, an east-Indian, who grew up in
"Easter eggs, buns and vindaloo are some of the
dishes that every east-Indian household prepares for
Easter," says Giselle Creado, who runs a small-scale
Christianity in Goa has Portuguese roots and the
Goan cuisine borrows a lot from the European
kitchens such as using alcohol to soften meat.
"Apart from the usual Easter bread and eggs, we make
goan delicacies like Whole Roast Pigling, Chicken
Cafreal Roast, Sorpotel, Mutton Xacuti and Prawn
Balchao," says Lillian Heppolette, a Goan, who lives
"On returning home from mass, I always look forward
to having the Sannas that is made with coconut,"
says Felix Suarez, a young entrepreneur.
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commissions its biggest military ship
© Kyodo | March 26, 2015 4:41 am JST
-- The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense
Force's largest ship ever went into service
Wednesday, putting additional man- and
material-carrying capacity at the ready for island
defense and disaster relief.
The 248-meter Izumo, dubbed "a helicopter
destroyer," is 25% longer than Japan's Hyuga-class
destroyers. It also has a bigger crew -- about 470
members, or 90 more than the other ships.
With its long continuous flight deck, the Izumo can
carry nine helicopters, an increase of five. It can
also hold about 50 3.5-ton trucks, which will help
it carry out joint operations with the Ground SDF.
Built at a cost of about 120 billion yen ($1
billion), the Izumo is based at Yokosuka near here.
It will play a coordinating role among other vessels
and aircraft, flexing its advanced command and
communications capabilities. Once the Ground SDF
deploys Osprey vertical takeoff and landing
aircraft, they could use the Izumo's flight deck.
Japan has no plans to use the Izumo as an aircraft
carrier, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told
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